Burlingame mold testing services from Bay Area Mold Pros will find the hidden mold you can't see. Mold grows everywhere. When it’s outdoors, it serves a natural purpose, assisting in the composting of dead leaves, plants, and trees. However, when it grows indoors, it can present real problems to the building structure and the health of its occupants.
If you’ve had flooding, plumbing leaks, sewer backups, roof leaks or other water problems, it’s highly possible you have mold. Mold needs moisture to grow and it can grow fast. If an area or surface remains damp for 24 hours, that’s enough time to allow mold to begin to grow.
Areas Where Mold May Grow
There are many places in your Burlingame home or workplace where mold is commonly found. If you haven’t already seen it, check in some of the following locations.
- Bathrooms: Because of their nature, bathrooms are areas where moisture can be present. Showers, bathtubs, and sinks get used often. They are often left wet or damp for long periods of time. Mold can begin growing on these damp surfaces, especially if the area isn’t properly ventilated.
Mold can grow on damp tile grout, the shower curtain, faucet and shower head. Check behind the toilet for standing or leaking water. Check toothbrushes and caddies, corners of the vanity tops, and under the sink for signs of moisture and mold.
- Kitchen: The kitchen is also a room where lots of water and moisture exist. Humidity from cooking, running hot water and food steamers can hang in the air.
The kitchen sink is a place that can harbor mold. Sponges, garbage disposals and dishcloths collect bacteria. There can be standing water under the sink from leaky pipes.
Your kitchen appliances can also be a source of moisture or leaks. If spilled liquids seep underneath them, the standing water can grow mold. If the refrigerator or dishwasher sprout a leak, the moisture will result in mold.
- Attic: Your attic may contain mold from water that’s come from a leaky roof, window, vents or other entry point. Your attic may contain insulation that can remain damp and grow mold. It may house the ventilation or HVAC system. If the attic has mold growth, these systems will spread the spores throughout the inside of the building.
- Basement: The basements of years past may have smelled musty. But today, we use basements as recreation areas, man caves and extra bedrooms, so that musty mold smell is not acceptable. But basements are prone to mold growth for several reasons.
A home’s ductwork is located in the basement. If there are cracks or leaks in it, moisture is present, which quickly leads to mold. A sump pump may malfunction. Excess rain may lead to basement flooding. All of these issues can result in mold.
Get Your Burlingame Home or Workplace Professionally Inspected
If you suspect mold is growing inside your building, you need to take action before it gets worse. A professional mold inspection will pinpoint areas where you have mold.
Bay Area Mold Pros is a locally owned and operated mold inspection and testing company. We’ll perform a thorough inspection of your premises and provide a written report detailing the findings. We will answer any questions you have and provide recommendations for remediating the problems.